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togo, ghana & nigeria: inspiring west africans’ resistance to controversial pipeline
The newly-operational 680-kilometer West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) from Nigeria through Benin, Togo and Ghana is unlikely to fulfil its promise to reduce gas flaring in the conflict-ridden Niger Delta. Local communities on the pipeline’s path along the Gulf of Guinea have confronted issues including inadequate compensation, insufficient safety measures, pollution and damage to fisheries. Yet there is little recourse to hold the Bermuda-registered West African Pipeline Company (WAPCo) consortium responsible for its actions.
togo: generating energy to fuel campaigns
Electricity shortages are a common phenomenon in many West African countries, specifically Bénin, Togo and Ghana. This leads to frequent and frustrating periods when computers, fax machines and lights can not be used.
ghana and togo: tackling the threat posed by gmos in west africa
The influx of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the West Africa subregion poses a grave and growing threat. Yet Ghana’s domestic national policy is very receptive to US influence, which is strongly pro-GMO. Furthermore, the close and growing political and diplomatic ties between Ghana and Togo extend this pro-GMO influence into Togo.
ghana: strengthening community dialogue on climate change
Climate change impacts in northern Ghana, including reduced rainfall, desertification, and drought, are leading to famine and aggravating poverty and destitution. In fact, this year many farmers reported complete crop failure. This is forcing an exodus of rural Ghanaian workers to urban centres such as Kumasi and Accra, thereby undermining rural development in the north.
community testimonies
In 2007, Friends of the Earth International brought the voice of the grassroots to the public around the world, as well as to international decision-makers, with a the first of a series of on-line community testimonies.
africa: monitoring the introduction of gmos
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) entering African countries pose a growing risk to human health, the environment and poor farmers’ food security. Their governments are under major pressure to introduce GMOs from multinational corporations, which argue (despite lacking evidence) this will improve food security. Africans are also vulnerable to introduction of GMOs through food aid, from donor agencies such as USAID.
togo: strengthening partnerships between traditional and conventional medicine
Most of the world’s population relies on traditional plants for primary healthcare. In Togo, some steps have been taken to promote the practice of traditional medicine. Numerous studies by The World Health Organization and others reveal that the number of traditional practitioners by far exceeds that of conventional doctors.
togo: reducing poverty and promoting biodiversity conservation
Togo is one of the world’s most impoverished countries. The systemic problems underlying this poverty include lack of public investment due to high external debt payments and lack of tax revenues. Furthermore one third of Togolese, especially those in the rural areas, lack food security, and are confronted with the rapid degradation of their natural resources.
togo: raising awareness on biodiversity conservation practices
More than half the varieties of yam consumed in Togo are cultivated in the country’s center-west Bassar region. However, cultivation practices there have deeply degraded ecosystems. Urgent measures are needed if Togo is to prevent the loss of varieties of yam that help ensure its food sovereignty, including its only endemic yam species: Phyllanthus rouxii (from the Euphorbiaceae family of plants).
world bank-funded pipeline project under investigation
Friends of the Earth International has been working with FoE groups in West Africa to support a stronger network and more solidarity among communities affected by the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP). This pipeline, which is now operational, runs from Nigeria through Benin, Togo and Ghana. In 2007 FoEI saw a major campaign goal achieved: the World Bank approved a July 2007 inspection of the controversial pipeline project.
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